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Move Your Car: Bridgeport Declares Snow Emergency In Advance Of Storm

The snow is expected to start in the early morning hours of Thursday in Bridgeport.
The snow is expected to start in the early morning hours of Thursday in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — In anticipation of the winter storm bearing down on the Northeast, Mayor Joe Ganim today declared a snow emergency for the city beginning at noon Jan. 3.

To allow for plowing, no parking is allowed on snow emergency streets, and only even side of the street parking is allowed on all other roadways. Vehicles left on snow emergency street will be subject to fines and towing.

Not sure if you’re on a snow emergency street? They’re marked with white signs with red lettering. You can also find a list here .

The City of Bridgeport anticipates a significant snowfall starting early Thursday morning and continuing through the day, which is projected to produce as much as 10 inches of snow. The greater Bridgeport area is under a Winter Storm Warning from 1 a.m. Thursday to 1 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

The city's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) will continue to monitor forecast updates. Current forecasts from the National Weather Service predict that Bridgeport will receive a total of 5 to 9 inches of snow that will begin to fall sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday.

Snow emergency parking areas are available throughout the city. A full list of parking areas can be found here .

Parking in the school and municipal parking lots listed will be permitted beginning Wednesday evening. Vehicles parked at the schools should be removed by 7 a.m. Friday.

Commercial and/or residential owners who push snow into the streets or do not clear snow on the sidewalks in front of their buildings are subject to a $100 fine per ordinance for each incidence.

During the storm, residents may call the Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center hotline at 203-579-3829 with any snow-related emergencies. If any residents suffer a loss of electricity, they can call the United Illuminating customer hotline at 800-722-5584. Both hotline numbers will be operating 24 hours a day during the snow emergency.

The City of Bridgeport transfer station will be closed on Thursday. Sanitation and Recycling will also be canceled on Thursday. Residents can expect trash and recycling collection to resume with a two-day delay.

All city streets are prioritized to make sure plows reach major routes first. Other plowing factors include locations of schools, hospitals, major commercial centers and other facilities with large public interest.

Residents should report plowing issues or concerns on Bridgeport 311 or by calling 203-576-7124.

For the latest updates on the snowstorm, check www.bridgeportct.gov/snow and the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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